Daily I write about improving the academic abilities through the use of neuro-educational programs developed by Jan Bedell and Little Giant Steps. What I’ve not shared is that our programs works for those whose brains have suffered trauma. Today I’d like to share a story of my granddaughter who has always been considered gifted in school. However, following an accident that occurred while attending the State Basketball Tournaments, not only was her brain hurt, but we were concerned for her life, as well.
Kelsey and 15 other kids with their parents were enjoying the annual High School State Basketball Tournament. They all were staying at a large motel with an indoor swimming pool, and most of the group were relaxing around the pool following a day at the tournament. After about 30 minutes, the parents noticed the kids in the pool were acting strange. Some were struggling to get out of the pool, some collapsed once out on the deck. They called for help, then the parents began to suffer from similar symptoms. It didn’t take much after the firemen got there with the ambulances to determine all of these people were suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. All the kids and some of the parents ended up in the local hospital. Kelsey, my grandchild, was one who stayed there three days, because she was so badly poisoned. She was sent home on oxygen and her parents were told to keep an eye on her. She was on oxygen for a month. When she started to feel a bit better, she really wanted to return to middle school, as she didn’t want to get too far behind in her studies. Within two days of school, Kelsey began to panic, because she discovered she couldn’t think, her brain wasn’t functioning, regardless of how hard she tried. This went on for a few more days, and we saw her becoming more frightened and confused, I suggested we get her in for an evaluation with Jan Bedell at Little Giant Steps.
The Road To Recovery
We drove to Texas and after the evaluation we discovered our beautiful Kelsey, who was an honor student in her first year in middle school was only able to process auditory and visual information equivalent to that of a 5 and 6 year old . We were devastated. Jan steadied us and said she’d seen children with similar brain trauma come back with the neurodevelopmental approach, and felt confident Kelsey could be restored to much of her original state. She was young, healthy (except for this incident) and had a devoted family who could help to turn this situation around. Jan wrote an individual neuro-educational program for Kelsey. She recommended we take her out of middle school for now, as it was producing such enormous stress and a sense of total failure on her, enroll her in an online school NEW College Preparatory Academy, formerly Gateway Academy, and daily follow her Individual Neurodevelopmental Program. If she struggled too much with the academics, then just work the neurodevelopment program. She diligently followed the program for five months over the rest of the school term and summer. She re-entered middle school and to all of our delight, not only was she functioning back to normal, but her school testing showed she was even higher than before! Needless to say, we praise God for his healing mercy, and we were so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Jan Bedell, Neuro-Educational Specialist from Little Giant Steps (Jan teaches through webinars, too). We couldn’t imagine these program activities would give Kelsey back all she’d lost and more, but it did. Now, I know the real power of God’s design, and what a natural approach to working with the plasticity of the brain can truly accomplish. We are so very, very blessed! Thank you, Jan and Little Giant Steps! CJ